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CORRESPONDENCE REPORT SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2010 SOROR KAREN Y. GRAYS,EPISTOLEUS PLEASE NOTE: ANY AND ALL REQUESTS FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS TO BE MADE AT SORORITY MEETING MUST BE APPROVED BY THE BASILEUS. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter “THANK YOU” NOTES, CARDS & LETTERS Soror Mary Collins “Thank you May Hostess Committee...from the bottom of my heart.” Soror Yvonne Peterson “Thank you...words cannot express my appreciation for your prayers, expressions of concern and the beautiful ivy plant; your support and presence...will always be a part of our memories.” GENERAL CORRESPONDANCE & ANNOUNCEMENTS Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. Invitation to the 14th Annual Barrier Breaker Award Luncheon; honoring Anita and Gerald Smith; Tuesday, June 29, 2010; 11:30a1:00p, Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana; Tickets: $200 (Individual) $25,000 (Underwriter); RSVP by June 11, 2010, call 713.754.7065 or 713.754.7082 Soror Mary Bentley LaMar Newark, NJ Mother’s Day greeting; “To all of you, who nurture, love and dedicate yourselves to worthwhile things, ‘I thank God upon every remembrance of thee.’” Philippians 1:3 XÇ}Éç lÉâÜ fâÅÅxÜAAAexÄtå? exÄxtáx? ex}âäxÇtàx4

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    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter

    THANKYOUNOTES,CARDS&LETTERSSororMaryCollins ThankyouMayHostessCommittee...fromthebottomofmyheart.


    Thank you...words cannot express my appreciation for your prayers,expressions of concern and the beautiful ivy plant; your support andpresence...willalwaysbeapartofourmemories.



    Invitationtothe14thAnnualBarrierBreakerAwardLuncheon;honoringAnitaand Gerald Smith; Tuesday, June 29, 2010; 11:30a1:00p, Hyatt RegencyHouston, 1200 Louisiana; Tickets: $200 (Individual) $25,000 (Underwriter);RSVPbyJune11,2010,call713.754.7065or713.754.7082


    Mothers Day greeting; To all of you, who nurture, love and dedicateyourselves toworthwhile things, I thank God upon every remembrance ofthee.Philippians1:3

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  • ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter


    June 11, 2010 Name of Committee: Connection Chairperson: Mary Shockley Co-Chairpersons: Nikita Harmon / Dawn Randle In preparation for the November 2, 2010 General Election, the Connection Committee will coordinate a Voter Registration Drive. The Voter Registration Drive will be held in September 2010 and all members of Alpha Kappa Omega chapter are encouraged to participate. The Voter Registration Drive will be conducted in the form of a competition and the person/team registering the most voters will be recognized at the November sorority meeting. Details about the Voter Registration Drive will be provided soon. At the June 19th sorority meeting, sorors will have the opportunity to be deputized to register voters in Harris County, as well as to collect voter registration cards for residents of the surrounding counties. Connection Committee Coordinator: Soror Patricia Sibley Next Meeting: September 1, 2010 Location: The Power Center Report Submitted by: Mary Shockley

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ~ Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter Pearlific Profiles

    Name of Nominating Soror: ______________________________________________________________

    Contact Number: ____________________________ Email: _____________________________________

    Flashback: Nominate a soror who is either an Ivy Beyond the Wall or no longer a member of our chapter that has made significant contributions to the Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter.

    Name of Soror: _________________________________________________________________

    Chapter of Initiation: ____________________________ Year of Initiation: _________________

    Contributions to Alpha Kappa Omega: ______________________________________________


    Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________


    Flash Forward: Nominate a current soror of the Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter who has made significant contributions and can be linked to the flashback soror with some unifying element.

    Name of Soror: _________________________________________________________________

    Chapter of Initiation: ____________________________ Year of Initiation: _________________

    Contributions to Alpha Kappa Omega: ______________________________________________


  • Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________


    Examples of unifying links: both are diamond sorors, regional directors, mother/daughter, musicians, basilei of chapter, founders of chapters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, chaired same committee, etc.

    Please Note: A 5x7 or larger photograph of each nominated soror is needed for the honor and recognition. A member of the Archives Committee will inform nominating sorors if their nomination was selected and if more information about the nominees is needed. Please turn in this form in by the end of sorority meeting or email it to Soror Jo-Carolyn Goode ([email protected]) by the Wednesday immediately following sorority meeting.

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter

    State of Texas Specialty License Plate

    We have good news!!!! Alpha Kappa Omega did raise the $5000.00 needed for the deposit for the State of Texas - Alpha Kappa Alpha License Plate and we submitted our application on May 14, 2010. Here are the next steps:

    1. The chapter will receive a test plate which will need to be approved. 2. There is a 10 day public comment period. This is a requirement for all plates sold by the State of

    Texas. We will send the web link to the chapter to comment. All Sorors are invited to submit positive comments regarding the plate. If the State of Texas receives many negative comments, we may not be able to secure the plate.

    3. The State of Texas Department of Motor Vehicle Review and Executive Director approval. 4. License plate release to market August/September 2010.

    The license plate will be available to all Sorors within the State of Texas. Non-Sorors who submit an application are subject to a third-degree felony if information on the application is falsified. (Transportation Code 502.410) All Specialty plate fees are in addition to vehicle registration fees.

    The royalty on the sale or renewal of each license plate, specifically: Chapter royalty Cost of Tag

    1 year plate purchase: $5.50 1 year option - $55 5 year plate purchase: $19.50 5 year option- $195 10 year plate purchase: $29.50 10 year option- $295

    Sorors, this is an excellent opportunity for the chapter to achieve passive income for years to come. We can utilize the royalties from the sale of the license plates to advance our programs and strengthen our presence in our community.

    Again we will be among THE FIRST. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter will be the first sorority to secure a State of Texas license plate. Thank you for your sacrifice, commitment and hard work. We couldnt have done this without you.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Soror LaDonna H. Harris Program Chairman

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter

    Name of Committee: Founders Day Committee Chairperson: Soror Thearodesia Williams Co-Chairperson: Soror Vickie Windham Purpose of the Committee: To provide leadership to our annual Founders Day Observance, along with supporting our partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Area Chapters (HMAC) of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Income from Founders Day ticket sales: $29,900. HMAC Founders Day net profit was $7,201.89, after reconciliation of all balances. Monetary donations made on behalf of HMAC:

    $1,000 placed in the Gwendolyn J. Brinkley Endowment Fund $1,000 donated to the Haiti Relief Fund through CARE, and $250 donated to the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council that hosted our monthly meeting.


    The following recommendations were made by the 2010 Sterling Committee.

    That considerations be given to changing the location of our 2011 Founders Day Observance

    That HMAC revisit the Founders Day guidelines and distributed to chapter

    representatives, with each chapter having an opportunity to review and provide feedback/suggestions

    That each chapter submits a roster/list of Sorors who have paid for Founders Day

    tickets. This list will be utilized at Will Call by the Hostess committee the day of the event in the event a Soror lost or misplaced a ticket.

    That the 2011 HMAC Founders Day Sterling Committee includes: o Committee Chairperson: Soror Frances Cunningham, Tau Zeta Omega

    Webster , TX o Secretary: Soror Kendra Thomas o Treasurer: Soror Veronica Rice

    A very special pink and green thank you to the following sorors for their extra special participation, serving as Founders Day Hostesses. These extra special Sorors were Autumn Bean, Sheri Cole, Vachel Henry, Lillie Rollins, Lavada Rollins, Rosa Rush, and VeRonique Williams.

    Next year, Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter has been assigned the responsibility of organizing Reactivation.

  • ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter


    Name of Committee: Health & Human Services Date: June 2, 2010 Chairman: Soror Camilla Jackson Time: 6:00 PM Co-Chairman: Soror Ardyth Guyer Place: Power Center Number of Committee Members Present: 10

    HEALTH RELATED FORUM for 2010 This year we will sponsor a forum to discuss the impact of the new health care legislation on Nov. 13, 2010 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We discussed partnering with the Connection and the Seniors Committees internally and with KEYPAC externally. Potential breakout sessions include: Pre-existing conditions, Effect on Small Business, Access of Services, Medicare and Workforce Implication. This event is being coordinated by Sorors Felicia Austin-Tolliver and Barbara Hayes

    ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SOLIDARITY WALK- This walk is June 26, 2010 at Tom Bass Park. The walk starts at 10:00 am, but sorors are requested to come at 8:30 am. The coordinator for this walk is Soror Demetria Williams.

    2010 Komen Houston Race for the Cure - This walk is Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Sam Houston Park (Downtown). To register for team Alpha Kappa Omega, go to the 2010 Komen Houston Race for the Cure website at // and search for team Alpha Kappa Omega-Alpha Kappa Alpha. We will have a table for walker sign-up and flyers on the tables in the June meeting. The buckets will be used at the September meeting. Our goal for this walk is $5,000.00. Sorors Rhonda Jordan and Kenya Steele-Neal are the coordinators for this walk.

    BLOOD DRIVE We have agreed to partner with the IEACF, the September Hostess Committee and Bobby English to coordinate a Blood Drive on the date of our September meeting. We will have a survey to collect metrics at the June meeting and provide a progress report in September. Our goal is to have 200 donors to include sorors, their friends and family members. Soror Jacqueline Brown will coordinate with Soror Mildred Bright from the foundation.

    Next Meeting: Sept. 1, 2010 6:00 pm at The Power Center Members in Attendance: Sorors Camilla Jackson, Tamara Cubit, Barbara Hayes, Felicia Austin-Tolliver, Patricia Sibley, Regina Carrington, Nicole Montgomery, Rhonda Jordan, Kenya Steele and Jacqueline Brown.

    Report submitted by: Soror Camilla Jackson June 3, 2010

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter Walk 2010 Committee Report

    Name of the Committee: ESP Solidarity Walk 2010 Date: May 26 & June 2, 2010 Chairperson: Soror Demetria Williams Co-Chairperson: Soror Helen Houston Time: 8:00 p.m. Number of Committee Members Present: 2 Place: Teleconference Purpose of the Committee: The committee shall plan the Alpha Kappa Alpha Solidarity Walk. The ESP Solidarity Walk will occur simultaneously around the world on Saturday, June 26, 2010. We are scheduled to walk at 10:00 a.m. (CDT). We are walking for emotional, spiritual & and physical healing and wellness. Goal: To work with HMAC to plan the ESP Solidarity Walk. Soror Rhonda Newhouse, South Central Regional Cluster Coordinator and the HMAC steering committee met via teleconference both times to discuss the preparation for the ESP Solidarity Walk on June 26, 2010 at Tom Bass 1-Arts Pavilion. During the May 26th meeting, the graduate chapters divided up the responsibilities among themselves. Also, a budget was presented by Alpha Kappa Omega to the group. Budget: Security $400.00 Ivy Leaf Article 150.00 Photographer 150.00 Tent 515.00 Clean-Up Deposit 100.00 (Refunded after the event) Decorations 50.00 Miscellaneous 100.00 Total 1,465.00 Each graduate chapter will be responsible for $183.00 to pay for the Walk. Each chapter will provide their own registration table with chairs. Each chapter is to wear their chapter shirts, to announce to Sorors to meet at Tom Bass 1 by 8:30 a.m. for the group picture and program, and that no pets are allowed at the event due to safety reasons. During the June 2nd meeting, the Steering committee discussed the site visit made to Tom Bass 1. Sorors are encouraged to wear hats and sunscreen, bring their umbrellas, chairs and water, since there is no shade at the Walk site. There will be several tents along the Walk for water and First Aid. The main tent will serve as the First Aid tent. The Walk will take place rain or shine. The Chapters will have flyers to pass out to the members as a reminder. Place: Tom Bass Park 1-Arts Pavilion-3452 Fellows Road Time: 10:00 a.m. Date: June 26, 2010 Attire: Chapter t-shirt Walk: 2.10 miles Submitted by: Soror Demetria Williams

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    Committee Update

    ee: High School Leadership Development (HSLD) son: Kim Topps Name of Co-Chairperson: Donna Miles via Teleconference

    School Leadership Development Committee (HSLD) works to enhance the y of high school students; with a special focus on young males, in support of our nnial platform. The committee will work to devise programs and activities where osed to mentoring, educational and social settings.

    Recap of Previous Activities

    ay 8, 2010 y: Enhancing Students Potential was the goal of the All Male & Parent SAT op on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Phillis Wheatley Senior High School. The

    Leadership Development collaborated with Education & Charities Foundation ) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to sponsor this activity.

    encouraged to do their best and to never give up and be the best in every area mbrell Marshall, Meteorologist and News Anchor for KPRC Channel 2 News

    ight male students took the SAT practice exam administrated by the Princeton students were taking the exam, the Portia Gant, Master Tutor at the Princeton CT and Soror Helen Houston, high school counselor provided our sixteen

    nce with tools and resources in order to prepare their students for college. rincipal Wiley Johnson for opening the campus to us for another activity and

    eton Review for partnering with us again.

    of our speakers, program participants, exam proctors, partners, door prize embers in attendance and sorors in attendance. Thank you to Soror Vickie ng our publicity activities.

    2010 Back 2 School Retreat Let Us Help YOU Reach YOUR full ops for students and parents!! Advance Registration Required. 21, 2010 10AM 3PM at the University of Houston Cullen College of

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    by: Kim Topps & Donna Miles Date: 6/11/10

  • ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter


    Name of Committee: Joint Chapter Committee Date: April 24, 2010 Chairperson: Soror Pamela Lazard Co-Chairperson: Soror Mary Smith-Johnson Time: 4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Place: Pearwood Skating Center The Undergraduate Chapters Gamma Psi and Omicron Gamma hosted the Spring 2010 Joint Chapter meeting at the Pearwood Skating Center on April 24, 2010 with the theme Bounce & Roll. Over 80 sorors of Alpha Kappa Omega, Gamma Psi and Omicron Gamma participated in the spring joint chapter meeting that was social in nature as per the Constitution and Bylaws page 24 Section 19. The sorors skated, participated in a sisterly relations activity, line dancing directed by Soror Janice Granger, played games, mixed and mingled with our undergraduates to help Bridge the Gap. It was a great experience for the Undergraduates to preside over the event to continue learning and growing in our organization plus receive the guidance from Alpha Kappa Omega sorors relating to protocol, how to facilitate and organize a meeting. A special thanks to the Extra Special Pearls - Undergraduate Sorors Ashauna Lindo, Kimberly Johnson, Noel Simms, Brittany Benjamin, Jackie Mathis-Wilmore, Tracy Muse, and Dominique Young that did an excellent job in planning this event. A special thanks to the South Central Regional Director, Soror Gwen Brinkley for attending the Joint Chapter meeting. Thanks to the Joint Chapter committee members of Alpha Kappa Omega for adding value to this event Sorors Tamara Cubit, Nkenge Berry-Owens, Andrea Bonner, Susan Bynam, LaDonna Harris, Edwina Johnson, Margie Taylor, Kim Topps, Demetria Williams, Bettye Merritte-Williams, Vaniecia Williams, and Vickie Windham for volunteering their time and service to ensure that the undergraduate sorors planned and coordinated an effective and social in nature Joint Chapter meeting.

    Respectfully submitted, Soror Pamela Lazard Graduate Advisor, Omicron Gamma Chapter


    [email protected] CO-CHAIRS: CAROLENE GOFFNEY

    [email protected] KATHLEEN CURRY [email protected]

    Meeting Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 Location: Power Center Attendance: 9 Tamara Cubit, LaDonna Harris, Cheryl Taylor, Allonie Moncriffe, Erica Moore, Carole Pinkett, Demetria Williams, Vaniecia Williams, and Sherry Williams

    Goal: To successfully implement Platform I, Non Traditional Entrepreneur Objective: To educate our membership on entrepreneurship: to promote and support black enterprise in our chapter and community.

    Job Fair for the Community

    Sherry Williams is the coordinator. The job fair, a collaboration between the chapter and The Workforce Solutions, will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 9am to 2pm at the Holiday Inn Southwest, 11160 Southwest Freeway and the Beltway.

    Target is 25 companies; target audience is experienced professionals and recent college grads; target attendance is 500. Budget estimate is $2200. We will seek corporate partners to help pay for the cost.

    We will do a survey at June sorority meeting to seek sorors who have hiring authority.

    Rebranding Workshop for Sorors Only

    This workshop was held on May 19th at the Power Center. There were 12 sorors in attendance. The speaker, Carolyn Kennard, from The Workforce Solutions gave great tips.

    Dialogue in Business Opportunities

    Our second Dialogue will be held at the Urban League on November 5th 2010. This networking event will provide an exchange of information on identifying and executing new business ideas and will feature a panel of entrepreneurs as well as experts in various areas of business.

    Next Non Traditional Entrepreneur Meeting: Conference Call - Monday, June 28th, 6:30pm

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter

    Sorors: All chapter offices are open for our upcoming fall election. If you know someone who may be interested in serving, please write their names by the respective office(s) and return this form to a member of the Nominating Committee.

    The Nominating Committee

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  • Philacter Hodegos Reporter to the Ivy Leaf Historian Graduate Advisors Gamma Psi Omicron Gamma Nominating Committee Respectfully submitted, 2010 Nominating Committee Pamela Branch, Chairperson Faye Phillips, Co-Chairperson

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    2010 Leadership Fellows

    Soror Kristin Robinson

    Ivy Educational and Charitable

    Foundation of Houston, Inc. M. Viola Butler Award - $1,000


    Akila Calligan-Mukes Ashauna Lindo

    University of Houston Downtown Student Activities Spring Awards

    2009 - 2010 Greek Organization of the Year

    2nd Runner Up for Organization of the Year Leadership Recognition - Akila Calligan-Mukes

    Special Recognition for Community Service

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    apter database via email to [email protected]

    GRADUATE ADVISORS Keeping Track Extra Special Purpose

    Hello Sorors, Its summer vacation time and the members of Omicron Gamma are still due diligent in volunteering their time and services to the community and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The chapter has volunteered with Alpha Kappa Omegas Senior Citizen Committee at the Motown Review and will volunteer with the Life Long Committee. In addition, the sorors of Omicron Gamma will be participating in the 2010 Solidarity Walk on June 26, 2010 at Tom Bass Park. A special thanks to Sorors Akila Callighan-Mukes, Anais Atkins, Kristin Robinson who will serve as delegates at the Boule 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri to Experience Sisterly Passion. Please continue to pray and support OmicronGamma Chapter. Sisterly, Soror Pamela Lazard Graduate Advisor

    THE OG EXPRESS ma Chapter University of Houston Downtown Vol. 1 Issue 6 June, 2010